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September 19, 1980 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-09-19

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Readers Forum





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Livonia Jewish Festival and Mart Defended

Editor, The Jewish News:
In answer to the woman
who wrote criticizing the
Jewish Ethnic Festival held
at the Livonia Jewish Con-
gregation, I would like to
mention a few points.
Our day was originally
publicized as an ethnic fes-
tival and merchandise
mart. All of the dealers par-
ticipating were supposed to
be outdoors with their
booths. Due to the rain that
fell continuously that morn-
ing, we were two hours late
in starting after deciding to
accommodate these people
indoors. They were all very
cooperative and under-
Did Mrs. Goldstein also
manage to see the beautiful
table that Lubavitch had set
up and take her daughter to
them to receive Shabat can-

dies and information on
kashrut? Did she ask to see
our sanctuary in order to
tell her child about the
ritual objects?
What about the table of
one of the other dealers
displaying arts and crafts
depicting the Chagall
windows and other
Jewish themes? Or the
booth with Israeli coins
and medals?
Did she see our gift shop
with Jewish items? How
about stopping to talk to the
representatives of the
Jewish National Fund and
the Zionist Organization of
America who were present
and eager to discuss Israel
with passersby?
Did she stop to have a
snack of blintzes or gefilte
fish; and after The weather
finally cleared, was she out-

New EEOC Guidelines Aid
Sabbath Obsei-vant Worker


1:30 P.M.

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The first mandatory em-
ployment guidelines of the
Equal Employment Oppor-
tunity Commission
(EEOC) were described as
one of the "most significant
developmdnts in the effort
to protect the employment
rights of Sabbath observers
in American law" by How-
ard Zuckerman, president
of the National Jewish
Commission on Law and
Public Affairs (COLPA).
The text of the mandatory
guidelines, approved
unanimously in Washing-
ton several days ago by the
five-member EEOC, cannot
be publicized until they are


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published in the Federal
Register the week of Oct. 6,
Zuckerman said, but com-
ments made by the commis-
sioners at the meeting last
week on key aspects of the
guidelines were made
He said COLPA consulted
with the EEOC on formula-
tion of the guidelines which
will become effective with
publication in the Federal
The amendment re-
quires employers to
make "reasonable ac-
commodation" to the
religious needs of em-
ployees or job applicants
unless such accommoda-
tion would result in "un-
due hardship" for em-
ployers. The guidelines
cover all levels of gov-
ernment and all private
employers with 15 or
more employees.
Zuckerman said that two
long-standing problems for
Sabbath observers — pre-
employment inquiries
which elicit information
about religious practices,
and make-up time require-
ments — are dealt with in
the new guidelines. He said
these two issues make up a
substanial portion of the re-
quests for help COLPA re-
He said the guidelines se-
verely restrict and gener-
ally make suspect the use of
preemployment inquiries
regarding availability.
They also require em-
ployers to consider permit-
ting the employe to make up
time off for religious rea-
sons, as requested by the
employe, whenever this is
He said the guidelines
also spell out when an ac-
commodation is required
under the law and what em-
ployers and unions must do
to bring about an accommo-

doors to hear the Jewish
music, poetry or Israeli
dancing? All these were also
available to those who came
to our synagogue.
Perhaps a couple of
ceramic Christmas trees
among a dealer's display
should not have been there,

but if that is the only place
they are present and not
within any Jewish home she
may enter, it seems that
mountain has been math.
out of a molehill.

* * *

Rabbi Martin
Livonia Jewish

Reader's Election Solution

Editor, The Jewish News:
Perhaps one solution may
be in order regarding the
1980 Presidential election.
As we know, history has
taught us to judge man by
his actions and deeds and
not by words alone.
We have two major can-
didates for the presidential
office and, in regards to Is-
rael: An incumbent,
President Carter, whose
.words are very good but
deeds and actions are wav-
ering, unstable and more to
be desired. The other candi-
date, a Republican whose
words are very good but ac-
tion and deeds regarding
presidential performances
don't exist. And his deeds
and actions as far as having
been governor goes is good
and bad.
If you are a Carter-
oriented individual, the Re-
publican candidate is bad

and conversely if you are
anti-Carter, the candidate
has well-qualified himself.
In view of what has
been written it might be
wise in the forthcoming
presidential election to
replace the glibbed-
tongue incumbent
President with the cho-
sen` Republican candi-

The new President may or
may not resolve Israel's is-
sues but with a Republican
President it also would be
wise to continue electing
Democratic and Republican
Senators and representa-
tives who show or have
shown favorable support for
Israel. A balance between a
Republican President and
perhaps a controlled Demo-
cratic Congress might do
the trick.

* *

Aaron Goldberg

Correcting a Biblical Filler

Editor, The Jewish News:
Not so much to prove that
avid readers of the Jewish
News focus their attention
even on the trivia presented
as "space-fillers," but to
exonerate the Book of Ruth,
I must respond to the state-
ment in the Sept. 5, 1980
issue of The Jewish News in
which it is stated that The
book of Ruth and the book of
Esther are the two books in
the Bible in which God's
name is not mentioned."
The statement is true of
Esther, but it is certainly
not true of the Book of Ruth,
where the name of the Lord
is mentioned many times.
I think, in addition to the

Book of Esther, the author
might have had in mind the
Song of Songs, which King
Solomon wrote in his youth.
There, we find only one
questionable reference to
the name of God. In verse
six of the eighth chapter, we
read, ". . . jealousy is cruel
as the grave: the coals
thereof are coals of fire,
which hath a most vehe-
ment flame." The expres-
sion "most vehement flame"
is rendered by the Hebrew
shalhevet-yah, which some
take to mean "the fire of the
Lord." This is the only
suggestion of God's name in
the entire work.

Rabbi Jack Goldman

Lansky's Israel Visit OKd

The Interior Ministry has
lifted the ban on an entry
permit for Meyer Lansky.
The 79-year-old Lansky,
allegedly connected with
organized crime in the U.S.,
has not been allowed to visit
Israel since the early 1970s.
His repeated requests to
come as a tourist were
turned down because he was
considered "dangerous to
the public welfare."
The ministry changed its
mind only after Lansky re-
cently appealed to Israel's
Supreme Court which
handed down a show cause
order compelling the Inter-
ior Ministry to explain why
he should not be permitted
to visit the country on a

tourist visa.
Eight years ago Lansky
wanted to stay here on an
immigrant visa but w•
turned down by the Interiu_
Ministry. After he failed to
obtain a court order against
the ministry he was expel-
led from the country.
An Interior Ministry
spokesman said Lansky's
age and poor health in-
duced them to change
their position.
Lansky told reporters he
was grateful for the decision
and did not care what type
of visa he received. He said
he just wanted to visit Is-

It is worse to apprehend
than to suffer.

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